Civil War Spies and the Rise of the Pinkerton Agency

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The Civil War was the most different war America ever fought, since there was no clear-cut way to tell friend from foe. No bright red uniforms, no British or French accents. Everyone was… Continue reading

Of Visions and Dragons

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One of the curses for authors of historical fiction often occurs during the search for details related to our current works-in-progress. We love history and we love research. We are curious about the… Continue reading

Science and Heroism: Petite Curies at War

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Sometimes we think we know about figures in history. Sometimes we discover how little we actually know. In research the First World War, I discovered that Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning scientist,… Continue reading

We the People

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This week, we celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the most influential document in the United States, and possibly, the world. On September 17, 1787, America’s founding fathers signed the Constitution that… Continue reading

From Party Drug to Medical Miracle

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  Persons of a certain age who had surgery as children may remember the anesthesiologist placing a gauze covered wire cage over their noses and mouths. With the cage firmly in place, the… Continue reading

The Patron Saint of Prostitutes

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Sex trafficking, horrific thing that it is, has been moved front and center as an issue in recent years. Again. This ugly blot on human history has plagued us for centuries in spite… Continue reading

The Great Stink

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It’s hard to believe that only one or two generations ago, we were relying on chamber pots or crude outdoor toilets to get rid of daily human waste. Sewer systems, if there were… Continue reading

FDR’s Unexpected Appointee

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In a time when women of the middle and upper classes were expected to spend their time within the home and women of the lower classes slaved brutally long hours in deplorable, often… Continue reading

Hats, War, and the Great Peace

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Three hundred and eighteen years ago this month thirty-nine tribes of native peoples and the government of New France signed The Great Peace of Montreal ending almost a century of bitter warfare. It… Continue reading

The Federal Reburial Program

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This article was first published on this site in 2017 The final book in my Cotillion Ball series, The Forgotten Debutante, is set for re-release on August 22. The timeline for the entire… Continue reading